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Dr. Andy, Medical Director
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Experience:  UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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Hello, our ten year old dog, Norm, sometimes has problems getting

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Hello, our ten year old dog, Norm, sometimes has problems getting up and sometimes his back legs give out. He's currently on Tramadol, Deramaxx, and Gabapentin. My question is would a steroid or cortisone shot in addition to the medicines help him get up easier from a lying position, and how long do they last, how many would he need to have, and generally how costly are they?
Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

Don't forget, I will do everything possible to provide a timely and detailed response, but sometimes it can be difficult to fully answer all questions. You can always select "reply to expert" if you need further clarification or more information, prior to providing a rating.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Norm.
Unfortunately, there is one basic answer to your first question.

We cannot give ANY OTHER steroid or non-steroidal medication, either as an injection or orally, when a pet is already on a anti-inflammatory like Deramaxx. I know...disappointing.

These types of drugs do not react well when together in the body, and can cause severe gastrointestinal problems!

So, no, a shot won't get the job done.

So, your next question would be, then what do we do?

I would suggest:
1. Ask your vet about stopping the deramaxx, waiting for 2-3 days for it to clear out of the body, and then starting a different non-steroidal medication like metacam or rimadyl. OR! ask to start a true steroid like prednisone which may be more effective.

Shots are very costly. Can easily be $35-45+ per shot. That's the same cost as getting a 2-3 week supply of oral medicine.

Also, ask if the dose or how often the tramadol is being given can be changed.

Hope that information has been helpful.
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